Our Cream Tea, Deluxe Cream Tea & Afternoon Teas are available in store daily. To book simply call 01895 347 707.
if you are celebrating a birthday, please mention this at the time of booking a candle will be brought out on the stand and served singing the happy birthday song!
Our traditional afternoon tea includes a fine selection of finger sandwiches & rolls, warm homemade scones served with strawberry preserve and clotted cream, your choice of tea or juice, as well as an array of cakes and pastries. All of which are handmade on the premises. If you want to add a touch of glamour and sparkle to the occasion, why not bring your own bottle of bubbly and we will provide the glasses, subject to a corkage charge.
A gluten free or vegetarian menu option is available - please ensure that you give us 48 hours’ notice if you prefer one of these options.
The History of Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, The 7th Duchess of Bedford, in the early 19th Century. The Duchess would become hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.
The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread & butter and cakes to be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a frequent request and she began inviting friends to join her.
Eventually, this break for tea became an extremely fashionable social custom in England. During the late 19th Century, upper-class and high society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o'clock.